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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SydShamino Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

Congressional Republicans do not believe that tax cuts need to be offset with tax increases, only that spending increases must be offset with spending cuts.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SydShamino Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

Because most people in this society have empathy, and this includes most doctors and most hospitals, and they choose to treat people with critical, immediate needs without charging them, even though these types of needs incur the largest costs. Those costs are then passed on to everyone else, including you, who uses the facilities in a normal fashion, whether you like it or not.

Unless you are a doctor yourself, or are willing to ignore your own medical needs and the needs of those for whom you are a caretaker, you have no choice but to shoulder some of the shared costs when you use the services.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

SydShamino Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (697 comments)

The stuff about bullies is a red herring; school shooters are not significantly more bullied than the average.

Different people react to bullying in different ways. Do we blame the bullying, or blame the reaction? So far we seem to be doing neither; you're discounting the bullying right now, and the mental health system doesn't seem to care that some people need more support than others. Instead we pretend there was no way to stop it then demonize the shooters when it's over.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

SydShamino Re:Since when do the police care about privacy? (301 comments)

Most people the police interact with are never arrested. Victims, for example, would also be on the video, unless the video is reviewed and those people are obscured. The inside of private homes will also be filmed, including the locations of valuables.

about two weeks ago
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Earth's Oxygen History Could Explain "Darwin's Dilemma" In Evolution

SydShamino Re:A matter of perspective (78 comments)

Sort of how the 200 years or so of computer development up to the point of Singularity showed tremendous advances in computer science and engineering, and yet, once the machines are sentient, the wild diversity of the quintillions of robot that spread through the galaxy will represent the majority of the fossil record - especially after most of the old PCs of Earth have subducted.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

SydShamino Re:For some values of secretly (271 comments)

Isn't that how con men marketed houses in The Jungle?

about three weeks ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

SydShamino Re:is this an ad? (142 comments)

The cost is about AUD 30 minimum, which is about USD 26 per package. Yes, it may be less than directly shipping individual packages, but it's still gouging.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

SydShamino Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

I greatly appreciate extra hours outside in the evening, and the ability to leave work while it's still light outside as a counter to winter doldrums. I would support moving permanently to DST except that means kids have to wait for the bus in the dark for a few months, which no one supports.

about three weeks ago
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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

SydShamino Re:Wanna put an end to it? (112 comments)

My option, as always, was to vote for the person who was going to win, or to vote against that person. My district is so gerrymandered as to be meaningless in the general election; the winner was selected in the Republican primary (and the candidate ran unopposed).

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

SydShamino Re:$3500 fine? (286 comments)

...which they would have spent anyway had they chosen not to break the law.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

SydShamino Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (529 comments)

>> And apparently that gun control doesn't work out so well.

I know as much about what happened today as the summary says, but... if the "best" guns the shooters had today were shotguns, then gun control likely did its job.

about a month ago
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What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

SydShamino Re:Easy! Fraud.. (96 comments)

You and I are both lucky ones, who have never had a problem with Paypal. Other people get caught in Paypal hell, where they freeze funds and simply never release them. (They don't have to - they aren't a bank!)

I'm not going to provide citations. Please use Google.

about a month ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

SydShamino Re:Dumb idea (150 comments)

In the time it took for them to poison, acquire, and absorb Nokia, Samsung became a major vendor. I don't think there's a net benefit to Microsoft in the market.

about a month ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

SydShamino Re:Recognition (150 comments)

For most people there are many viable substitutes for "high-end gaming" as a hobby.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

SydShamino Re:Living in KC (88 comments)

And it will take just as long to get it in Austin. The summary says that this was announced back in April, but it was announced (and the linked story is from) April 2013. It's been 16 months to learn that in two months neighborhoods with the same density as mine, but in another part of town, can sign up for fiber. They'll get it some time after that. It seems unlikely to be before 2017 in my neighborhood now.

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

SydShamino Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

The weight of cars has increased dramatically due to all the new safety and comfort features. The fact average mileage has improved too impressive.

Go find the gross wt of those 80s cars and compare weight vs power vs airbags vs road noise vs electronic options.

about a month ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

SydShamino Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

The reason the flu is so scary is because it could mutate into something that kills 70% of the time. And that's just as likely (or moreso) than ebola mutating into something that's airborne. See how easy it is to use that logic both ways?

Anything that might kill us has two parts:
1. Chance of it happening to us.
2. Chance of it killing us if it happens.

Our powerful pre-frontal cortex should multiply the two, and realize that something with a 0.0001% chance of happening and a 70% chance of killing us is no more or less life-threatening than something with a 70% chance of happening and a 0.0001% chance of killing us. But our primitive hunter-gatherer brains increase our fear of rare but occasional events, and downplay our fear of regular events, so we distort that curve.

To pull a few more statistics out of my ass, I bet there are many people who demand the government do everything they can (including suppressing civil liberties like freedom of travel) to protect citizens from ebola, while they simultaneously hate and condemn the government for its efforts to restrict smoking. And I bet more of those people will die (at an otherwise young and healthy age) from smoking than ebola.

about a month ago

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Exploiting Cashier-as-a-Service Providers

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researches at Indiana University and Microsoft found and exploited flaws in the communication between web stores and third-party cashiers (Amazon Payments, PayPal, Google Checkout) to order items for free, or at prices of their choice. "We believe that it is difficult to ensure the security of a CaaS-based checkout system in the presence of a malicious shopper" said the study co-author. The identified flaws have been reported and fixed, but they feel that more, similar flaws are likely given the complicated nature of many web-based transactions."
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New British Government Vows to Strengthen Liberty

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the new British coalition government has announced a litany of proposed reforms designed to strengthen individual liberty and privacy, on several topics often championed among Slashdot readers, including: elimination of unnecessary laws to stop making "criminals out of ordinary people", elimination of the national identity card program and new biometric passports, removal of restrictions on the right to peacefully protest, restrictions on schools taking fingerprints without permission, curtailing of anti-terrorism legislation that allowed for detention of subjects for extended periods without charge, replacement of the "first-past-the-post" election system with an instant-runoff system, new regulation of the use of surveillance cameras. "Britain must not be a country where our children grow up so used to their liberty being infringed that they expect it without question," Clegg said.

The Conservative Party of the governing coalition is said to be less receptive to these reforms; hopefully some of them can be enacted before the coalition fails."

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Blue M&Ms can lessen the damage from spinal in

SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that the dye used in blue M&Ms and other foods can, when given to a patient shortly after a spinal injury, minimizing secondary damage caused by the body when it kills off nearby healthy cells. Given that 85% of spinal injury patients are currently untreated (and some doctors don't trust the treatment given to the other 15%), a relatively safe treatment like this could help preserve some function for thousands of patients. The best part? In lab rats the subjects given the treatment turn blue."
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SydShamino SydShamino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SydShamino (547793) writes "CNN, the Associated Press and others are reporting that an independent audit of the FBI revealed "serious misuse" of power to acquire private information granted in the Patriot Act. FBI Director Robert Mueller has accepted responsibility for problems and says they are being corrected, but Congress has already called for hearings. There's no word yet on criminal charges against anyone in the FBI who might have broken the law."

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